Tue night A&S and Fighter Practice moving to Mon after Festival 2015

Monday night is the new Tuesday night!

A&S and Fighter Practice have been held on Tuesday nights for a really long time…  but not any more. A week after Rowany Festival, we are moving those activities to Monday nights instead.

Same venue, same times… but now on a Monday!!! WOW, I know :)

Are you interested in storage (shipping containers) at Rowany Festival site?

Greetings unto the populace of Lochac,

Rowany Festival is a fantastic event renowned throughout the Kingdom. While close for some, many others must travel from the furthest reaches of our own lands or even beyond… bringing their worldly goods with them and trudging them back home again once the excitement is over!

We have received a request to see whether there is opportunity of having storage at the festival site, so groups can leave items only used at Festival, on site, instead of shipping back and forth each year.

The short answer is yes. There is a limited amount of storage space available on site, where we can permanently leave shipping containers. We already have a couple of containers on site which store Festival event gear (pavilions etc). We do have room for a few more. The expanded answer involves logistics, a longer term view… and we need numbers!

As such, we are trying to gain a good idea of just how many group(s) may be interested in storage (shipping) containers at festival site before proceeding. At this stage no decisions are being made. Once we have a better idea of potential numbers involved we can start to formulate an informed plan and make fair decisions from there.

Call For Expressions of Interest

Would those groups who have interest in shipping containers at festival site please contact rowanybarony+festivalstorage@gmail.com to let us know. Provide some brief details regarding who you are, the group interested and appropriate contact details if not obvious.

If possible, we would like to have an idea by our next senate meeting on Tue, Sep 16 (about a week away) so we can discuss this further. However, I fully appreciate I’ve sent this request through much later than I should (for one reason or another), so if you happen to respond later than that, I’m happy to take responsibility! This is an ongoing process, so it will all be fine.

As an indication of cost for containers may help in your own decision making, they sell second-hand for somewhere around $2,000 with an additional $500 for delivery.
I will try to reach appropriate places with this notice, however, if I miss a group / list / somewhere else this may be useful, please feel free to forward on.

Jan Janssen van den Zype geheeten van den Goere
Rowany Webright

A&S Challenge – Themes for AS 49 and AS 50

Here’s the themes for Rowany’s monthly A&S challenges. For more information on these challenges, including how to enter see the A&S Challenges and Displays page.

Challenge categories
Month of display Category 1 Category 2
June 2014 Cooking and Food: Roasts, pies, salats, soups, cheese, etc. Music – Instruments: Harp, drum, lute, recorder, violin, etc.
Music – Singing: Madrigals, carols, tavern songs, etc.
July 2014 Textiles and Fibre Crafts: Spinning and weaving and cord making, etc. Plants and herbs
August 2014 Armouring: protecting yourself on the field Calligraphy: Uncial, gothic script, etc.
Sept 2014 An item of clothing
Oct 2014 Leatherwork: Belts, shoes, bags, etc. Dance: Bransles, English Country Dance, Pavanne, Allemande, etc.
Nov 2014 Brewing: Beer, mead, wine, liqueurs, etc. Metalwork: buckles, ironwork, jewellery, etc.
Dec 2014 An item of clothing
Jan 2015 Pottery: Bowls, mugs, jugs, cookwear, etc. Embroidery: Blackwork, Brickwork, split stitch, goldwork, couching, etc. etc.
Feb 2015 Making the Game Look Good, in general: Table settings, Flags and banners and bunting, Camp equipment, Carrying and carting things, Hall decoration Woodwork: Stools, boxes, benches, pavisses, carts, etc.
Mar 2015 An item of clothing
April 2015 Cooking and Food: Roasts, pies, salats, soups, cheese, etc. Music – Instruments: Harp, drum, lute, recorder, violin, etc.
Music – Singing: Madrigals, carols, tavern songs, etc.
May 2015 Textiles and Fibre Crafts: Spinning and weaving and cord making, etc. Plants and herbs
June 2015 Armouring: protecting yourself on the field Calligraphy: Uncial, gothic script, etc.
July 2015 An item of clothing
August 2015 Leatherwork: Belts, shoes, bags, etc. Dance: Bransles, English Country Dance, Pavanne, Allemande, etc.
Sept 2015 Brewing: Beer, mead, wine, liqueurs, etc. Metalwork: buckles, ironwork, jewellery, etc.
Oct 2015 An item of clothing
Nov 2015 Pottery: Bowls, mugs, jugs, cookwear, etc. Embroidery: Blackwork, Brickwork, split stitch, goldwork, couching, etc. etc.
Dec 2015 Making the Game Look Good, in general: Table settings, Flags and banners and bunting, Camp equipment, Carrying and carting things, Hall decoration Woodwork: Stools, boxes, benches, pavisses, carts, etc.
Jan 2016 An item of clothing

GST for Event Stewards

Unto the Populace of Rowany does the Reeve send Greetings,

It has been brought to my attention that there is some confusion over how to calculate the GST component for event reporting.

The good news is there’s not much calculation required by you. The total amount collected from the event fee (Cell E27) is divided by 11 to create a value in cell J28 (GST collected).

To fill out “GST paid”, add up the amount of GST you paid from receipts or invoices (hall hire, food, miscellaneous) and enter it there. Remember that the original receipts or invoices must still go to the Reeve for filing and double checking purposes.

“GST Liability” should automatically be calculated by the spreadsheet. If not, the liability is the difference between the amount of GST collected and the amount of GST paid (or, in spreadsheet cell terms “=J28-J29″).

I hope this clarifies the matter satisfactorily.

Yours in Service

Jean-Christophe le Saussier


Financial Policy Version 1.1 Available – Suggested Reading

To the Populous of Rowany,

We tend to have quite a lot of activities in the Barony. Many of these involve money as not much comes for free and people / organisations expect to get paid for things like venue hire.

Anyone dealing with money in relation to any kind of activity within the Barony should be aware of and adhere to our financial policy. This will ensure you understand how things work, things run smoothly, and everyone is happy (especially our Reeve whose job is difficult enough, the tax man, our B&B, my mum…  you get the picture).

Version 1.1 of our Financial Policy can be found at the following link:


Thanks to our Reeve, Jean-Christophe le Saussier, for creating this document.


P.S.  All finance related posts (including those with other documents such as templates) can be found by using this site’s category Barony – Finances

New template for submitting financial reports after running events

To those running events in the Barony,

Our Reeve has created a new template which will help you prepare the financial report required when an event is run.

This should make things quicker and easier for those running events, and also means our Reeve receives the right information in a more ‘standard’ format, which will also make his life easier.

So, if you are running or going to run an event, please download the following file and use it for creating your financial report. File 1) is the template and file 2) contains the instructions.

1) http://rowany.lochac.sca.org/files/2014/01/TEMPLATE-Rowany-SCA-Lochac-Events-Financial-Report-01.txt
2) http://rowany.lochac.sca.org/files/2014/01/TEMPLATE-Rowany-SCA-Lochac-Events-Financial-Report-Instructions.txt


  • The files were created in Microsoft Office (Excel and Word) but will open in any compatible program (Open Office, Libre Office etc.)
  • The extension on the files were renamed to .txt for security reasons
  • As such, before the files will open correctly, you must change the filename for 1) back to .XLSX and 2) back to .DOCX

(change  “TEMPLATE-Rowany-SCA-Lochac-Events-Financial-Report-01.txt
to be        “TEMPLATE-Rowany-SCA-Lochac-Events-Financial-Report-01.xlsx
change  “TEMPLATE-Rowany-SCA-Lochac-Events-Financial-Report-Instructions.txt
to be       “TEMPLATE-Rowany-SCA-Lochac-Events-Financial-Report-Instructions.xlsx)

Thanks to our Reeve, Jean-Christophe le Saussier, for creating the template.


P.S.  All finance related posts (including those with other documents such as policy) can be found by using this site’s category Barony – Finances

How-to (Successfully) Apply for FAT funds


  1. FAT funds are to be spent improving the kingdom and/or festival
  2. anyone may apply (see further below for ideas)
  3. it is up to the Rowany senate to decide whether or not to approve an application. Applications may be accepted, refused or returned with questions that need to be answered before re-applying.
  4. senate decisions are final – there’s no use whining about it if your application didn’t get accepted. A more productive action would be to get cracking thinking up a new cunning plan and apply for that instead.
  5. to make a request, email or hand it to the Rowany Seneschal (that’s me) via seneschal@rowany.lochac.sca.org

There aren’t any rules, per se, for FAT applications. What we do have are “more like guidelines”, but they’re based on what my experience now is with past requests for FAT funds – what worked and what didn’t. You don’t have to have everything I mention below, but the more of the following you can provide, the better and more likely you’ll get a good, quick answer.


To begin with, give us details of what you’re after. The more specific the better. who it’s for, who’s spending it, on what, when, and why. Also how it’s going to improve either a) the kingdom or b) festival

We also want to know who exactly is going to benefit: what special interest groups specifically, how many people are likely to benefit from it and how much they will benefit. You can also count on how this will spread to others eg Mistress Mari ran classes at festival on teaching teachers, so her reach went beyond the immediate attendees of her classes

We also need to know what other sources of funding you are trying, especially when you’re requesting money to move teachers around the country because that is also covered by the Greater Kingdom Fund and the “laurel bus”.
Have you applied for those? did they accept / reject?
If they accepted, I’m assuming you’re looking for us to fill the “gap”, if they rejected you… then we want to know why.

Have you done any (are you doing any) fund-raising yourselves?
This question has become more important where, say, very large communities within the SCA have begun requesting funding for things that would only benefit that community, and they’re large enough that if they just passed a hat around amongst themselves, it’d be funded in no time.

Smaller groups, if they fund-raise, are likely to only be able to partly-fund something big. So they still may need “gap cover”… and that’s ok – but we’d still like to see a fund-raising effort – to show that there actually is enough interest in the community that will be benefited by your grand plan. If nobody could be bothered to even throw in $1… then that tells me that even if we throw in $500 – it will not be appreciated very much.

Finally – just so we’re clear: even if you meet all of the above – it’s not a guarantee that we will say yes. We get a fair number of requests each year, and have to decide where best to allocate the large-but-finite FAT funds so that it creates what we think will be the best impact on the kingdom. If we spend money on your idea – it means we have to say no to some other idea… we need to base our decisions so as to maximise the coolness-potential of where we allocate these funds.

Conversely, if we say no, it might not be no-forever, it might just be that right now we have an influx of uber-cool things to spend the money on… and we might in fact recommend that you apply again next year.

Sometimes we knock things back because they will create a dangerous precedent (e.g. we’ve been asked for $1000 for a yearly regular fund for one idea… imagine if five other groups asked for the same thing… there’d be no money left in FAT ever). We’re very much disinclined to accede to a perpetual fund…


So, I hope I haven’t overloaded you or turned you off applying altogether.

FAT requests get accepted all the time – so while this may seem like a big chunk of stuff – it’s really just being diligent about your plans and thinking about all the factors involved.

It’s also never just one-off. If we find that we need more info, we’ll let you know, and you can re-propose with the more info the next month Or try again next year.

Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Rowany Seneschal

Position Vacant: Reeve – Now FILLED

From the Baronial Seneschal:


Hi all,

The office of Reeve (treasurer) is an essential office to be filled for any Barony.

We’ve had one – but sadly he’s had an attack of life.

So I am now officially advertising for a new reeve.

A reeve is the treasurer of the barony, and involves a fair amount of work. We’re looking into the feasability of paying a book-keeper to help us with some of the work to make the reeve’s job easier, but even so, this job will require regular time each week to gather receipts, make payments, liaise with stewards for their financial reports, and the constable regarding member insurance and create quarterly reports.

You may make as many deputies as you require to help you with this.

We need somebody honest, reliable and willing to do this work regularly.

If you’d like to apply, please contact me via the webform. Submissions close on November 7th.

Now more singing, dancing and other non-combat activities from 6pm Tuesdays at Petersham Town Hall

There is a regular fighter practice each Tuesday evening at Petersham Town Hall, yes, check, we knew about that :)

What you may not be aware of is…

We’ve extended the hire time for the Petersham Town Hall on Tuesdays! We now hire the hall from 6pm (instead of 7pm) and are using the earlier availability to focus more on humanity type activities.

Non-combat related events on Tue are growing, with more regular singing, dancing and various other activities happening FROM 6PM ON.

So, before the more voluminous physical conversations happen (yes, I mean combat practice), the more artistic and gentle arts are now getting together more frequently and in less noise distracted fashion, earlier on Tuesdays (they do also happen elsewhere, we just wish to make you aware of an earlier opening time at Petersham Town Hall on Tuesdays).

So, the hall is now being used more regularly for singing, dancing and other arts from 6pm till 7.30ish. At that point there is definitely more making of noise from combat, but even then, other areas of the hall are available for use (and being used as such) for non-combat focussed SCA activity.

Positions Vacant (2013-04-18)

From time to time, opportunities exist within the Barony for civic-minded peoples with the energy, vision, skills, or combination of these kind of things, to assist in the smooth operation of the group.

My Lords and ladies,

There are currently a couple of vacanies in the barony for officers.
Some are small, some large, so there’s something to suit all levels of experience and free-time.

These we really need:

These would be nice to have

More details on each of the positions farther below (scroll down or by click on the links above)

This is a chance for you to help out, a chance to serve, a chance to make your mark on the Barony and make cool things happen. A chance to give back for all those wonderful events you’ve been to yourself.

You don’t have to have experience, you don’t have to have a lot of spare time – you can start out helping another officer as a deputy, or leap into something you’d like to learn more about yourself.

If you’re interested in one of these positions, or if you’d just like some more info on what’s involved, please email me directly using: seneschal(AT)rowany.lochac.sca.org or through the form found here

So below is a basic description of the kinds of things you could do if you were to take on one of the roles.
Note that for most roles there’s a baseline set of required duties, but for every role you can take it to whatever level your enthusiasm or time allows.

For every one of them – you will not be thrown in the deep end, you will receive heaps of help and support from other Barony officers, from the Kingdom officer and from myself.

If you aren’t sure you can shoulder the full responsibility of a full officer position, you’re also very welcome to help out as a deputy for any of these, or any other officer position – many hands make light work and even if you’re only able to help a little for some of the time, it makes everything a lot easier for everyone concerned.

Any level of service you can provide would be extremely helpful. No officer would turn down a deputy – and it’d help you gain great insight into how to perform a role or how to organise events.

Get in touch and have a chance to serve your Barony and help make amazing things happen.

Iseabail (Barony Seneschal)


This is a role that you can define for yourself, but the broad mandate
is to help with recruitment.

Required duties:
Be there for newbies, if they need help in any area, be able to refer them to somebody that can answer their questions (eg me or your other officers)
Report monthly to the senate and quarterly to the seneschal/kingdom officer about recruitment numbers – how many showed up after a recruitment drive and how many continue to come to events.

What you could do with the role if you wanted:
Coordinate demonstrations at public events (eg big medieval faires), sort out business cards, brochures, displays and newcomers packs to help new recruits know about our whacky ways and get them integrated into our community.

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This is the first-aid officer of the group
This is one of those positions where you’re required to hold mundane qualifications. you must have a valid First Aid Certificate. Thankfully, the barony is willing to pay for it on the condition that you serve a stint as chirurgeon and put in a shift as chirurgeon at Festival next year.

Required duties:
Perform first-aid duties as required at events.
Report monthly to senate and quarterly to seneschal/kingdom officer on any incidents that ocurred during the time-period

What you could do with the role if you wanted:
Coordinate first aid training for other wannabe chirurgeons, organise a chirugeon to be present at all major events in the Barony. Find ways of reducing incidents in the barony.

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Herder of gate-keepers, keeper of waivers

Required duties:
Organise waivers to be printed and for somebody to be present with waivers at every event (including fighter prac). You don’t need to be there in person yourself (we’ve got plenty of volunteers) – as long as you know who is, and you collect the waivers and non-member insurance from them. Waivers you hang onto and cash you hand over to myself or the reeve.
Report Monthly to senate and quarterly to seneschal/kingdom-officer aout how many people were at events and how many were members/non-members (you’ll also need to give that report to the reeve so they know how much we owe to Corporate)

What you could do with the role if you wanted:
Good question. It’d be great to see a report on the numbers of members and non-members coming to fighter prac or events over time. To correlate changes in umbers with recruitment drives or interesting new classes… or anything else you could think of.

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Heralds help people decide on a name or device in the society
You do not need to know anything about book-heraldry to take this position on! I have been assured by kingdom Herald that you will receive all the help in the world online – the facebook group is extremely supportive in this case.

Required duties:
Mainly being there when peple ask for help – ability to interface between individuals and the online heraldic chat-group, as well as helping people fill in the forms and send them off to the kingdom herald.. and handing it back to them when it is returned (either with a yea or nay)

What you could do with the role if you wanted:
All the heraldry in the world… lead the way on initiatives to get more people to apply for heraldry, or to show more heraldry on the field or at events. Go for your life, have fun!

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Coordinates lists at major events – for all the martial activities – heavy, fencing, archery and, where available, equestrian.

Required duties:
Support people interested in learning the martial activites to find places where they can teach (and teachers to find students). Report monthly to the senate and quarterly to seneschal/kingdom officer about: numbers of learners, authorised fighters, and people showing up to events.

What you could do with the role if you wanted:
Organise marshalling activies at every event. Foster activity in the martial arts – including those that are not currently strong in the barony. Foster cross-fertilisation of skills so that people learn skills from the other arts. Help organise teaching events (eg knight school) or regular classes for fighters.

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Chronicler – Position Filled

The Chroniclers of the Barony of Rowany both find themselves separately unable to continue in the roll, and seek applications for a successor.

In accordance with Lochac Law and Corpora, all applications will be forwarded to the Kingdom Chronicler with the recommendation of the current Chronicler(s). The Kingdom Chronicler will announce the successful candidate and then a commentary period will made available.

Applications will close on Friday, 26th October 2012.

The roll of Chronicler includes:

  • Editing and Publishing Folia Roani (with the assistance of the Rowany Webminister);
  • Ensuring that minutes of the monthly Rowany Senate are recorded;
  • Reporting quarterly to the Rowany Seneschal and Kingdom Chronicler;
  • Assisting in the distribution of articles and items of interest in the Barony;
  • Reporting to Rowany Senate;
  • Working with other Rowany officers to publish information that is pertinent to their roles.

For more information, or to apply (addressing your skills and experience), please contact the Chronicler via email.

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